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February 2007

Power of listening

by Robin Sharma

Just read these stunningly important words of famed designer Bruce Mau that I need to share with you: "Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the same."

We are shaped by our conversations. We are influenced by the ideas we hear and the people we meet. Listening is a master skill for personal and professional greatness. Leaders listen. Staggeringly well. Mau's absolutely right: when we go deep into listening to the person we are communicating with, we truly have the opportunity to get behind their eyeballs and learn, grow and evolve into our highest and best from their sharing. And if you are lucky enough to be talking to the right person - at the right time - that single conversation might be the one to change the way you think, feel and behave.

Getting started is the key to Success

If you want to be successful you can start any time. Your only true failure lies in the failure to start. The reason why so little is ever done, is generally because so little is attempted.

The great thing is the start. To see an opportunity and to pursue it. Even though in the beginning, you're not totally sure of all the answers to your questions.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Don't wait to overcome all your possible objections before you start, or nothing will ever be attempted.

If you can get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.